On-board WiFi: soft launch is underway

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Onboard WiFi has been introduced to BA's fleet and is being marketed as Highlife Connect. This thread is to track the rollout.

See https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb.../wifi-on-board for BA's FAQ on the system.


Long-haul aircraft with WiFi fitted

A318 - 0/1 aircraft (unknown if this aircraft will be getting WiFi)

A350-1000 - All fitted (6 aircraft). See note below re. pricing on these aircraft.

A380 - All fitted (12 aircraft)

747 (Mid-J) - 0/13 aircraft (these aircraft will not be fitted with WiFi)

747 (Super Hi-J) - All fitted (17 aircraft)

G-BYGA, G-BYGB, G-BYGC, G-BYGD, G-BYGE, G-BYGF, G-BYGG
G-CIVF, G-CIVH, G-CIVI, G-CIVR, G-CIVS, G-CIVV, G-CIVW, G-CIVX, G-CIVY, G-CIVZ

777-200 - 0/2 aircraft (these aircraft will not be fitted with WiFi)

777-200ER - All fitted (43 aircraft)

777-300ER - All fitted (12 aircraft)

787-8 - 2/12 aircraft

G-ZBJE, G-ZBJF

787-9 - 14/18 aircraft

G-ZBKA, G-ZBKB, G-ZBKC, G-ZBKD, G-ZBKG, G-ZBKH, G-ZBKI, G-ZBKJ, G-ZBKK, G-ZBKL, G-ZBKM, G-ZBKN, G-ZBKO, G-ZBKP


BA are currently trialling free WiFi in first class cabins. For those in other cabins the current cost on all long-haul aircraft except the A350 is:
  • 1 hour: £7.99
  • 4 hours: £17.99
  • Full flight: up to £23.99 depending on route


The A350 has a different system installed to the rest of BA's long-haul fleet. Price is based on how much data is used:
  • 25MB: £4.99
  • 75MB: £11.99
  • 150MB: £17.99

Note that prices and services offered are subject to change.
Long-haul aircraft still to be fitted with WiFi


787-8

G-ZBJG - Currently at CWL

G-ZBJA, G-ZBJB, G-ZBJC, G-ZBJD, G-ZBJH, G-ZBJI, G-ZBJJ, G-ZBJK, G-ZBJM

787-9

G-ZBKE, G-ZBKF, G-ZBKR, G-ZBKS

Long-haul aircraft not planned to receive WiFi due to retirement

747 (Mid-J) - 13 Aircraft

G-BNLY
G-CIVA, G-CIVB, G-CIVC, G-CIVD, G-CIVE, G-CIVJ, G-CIVK, G-CIVL, G-CIVO, G-CIVP, G-CIVT, G-CIVU

777-200 - 2 Aircraft

G-ZZZA, G-ZZZB
Short-haul and mid-haul aircraft known to have WiFi fitted and enabled


All aircraft except those due for retirement soon have the WiFi hardware fitted but it hasn't been enabled on the whole fleet yet. The system went live on the first few aircraft in March 2019 with full rollout originally announced as expected 'by the end of summer 2019' but now expected during 2020.

A319 - 12/35 Aircraft (23 will not be fitted with WiFi)

G-EUOA
G-EUPL/M/N/O/P/R/S/T/U/Y/Z

A320 - 61/67 Aircraft

G-EUUA/B/C/E/F/G/H/I/J/K/L/M/N/O/P/R/T/U/V/W/X/Y/Z
G-EUYA/B/D/E/G/H/I/J/K/L/M/N/O/P/R/S/T/U/V/W/X
G-GATH/J/K/M/N/P/R/S/U
G-MEDK
G-MIDO/S/T/X/Y
G-TTOB/E

A320neo - All fitted (12 aircraft)

A321 - 15/18 Aircraft

G-EUXC/D/E/F/G/H/I/J/K/L/M
G-MEDL/M/N

A321neo - All fitted (9 aircraft)

The price of WiFi on short-haul flights varies according to the length of the route.
The following prices are known:

Messaging - £1.99 or £2.99 depending on flight distance.

Browse & Stream (one hour) - £4.99

Browse & Stream (whole flight)
£4.99 (MAN / NCL)
£6.99 (ARN / HAM)
£7.99 (KRK / LIS / MAS / PMI)
£8.99 (AGP)
£9.99 (LED / SOF)
Short-haul aircraft not planned to receive WiFi due to retirement


A319 - 23 Aircraft

G-EUOE/F/G
G-EUPA/B/C/D/F/G/H/J/K/W
G-DBCA/B/C/D/E/F/G/H/J/K

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Old Sep 30, 17, 12:07 pm
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On-board WiFi: soft launch is underway

On the BA67 and thought I would see if the WiFi had been switched yet - and lo and behold £4.99 later I have an hour of pretty speedy internet 2 hours out of PHL. Very impressed
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Old Sep 30, 17, 12:14 pm
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Hi,

Very interesting,

I think you are the first FT to post live from a wifi equipped BA jet ( apart from the LCY jets)

Flightradar24 is showing the flight to be a B744 ( G-CIVS)


https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/ba67#f0d8475

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Old Sep 30, 17, 12:16 pm
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I've seen similar on G-CIVR - it's there - but I didn't fancy paying for it.
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Old Sep 30, 17, 12:18 pm
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WiFi was also available on the BA173 (G-CIVX LHR-JFK) today.
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Do we have more info on the pricing?
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Old Sep 30, 17, 12:21 pm
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From the payment screen looks like there might be Ďpromo codesí for free access, then I had £4.99 for an hour up to £14.99 for the full flight. Donít think thatís bad value. May not be so keen when a full flight is connected tho 😳
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Old Sep 30, 17, 12:28 pm
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I got screenshots. Can't upload right now - but there are two tiers:

£4.99 for 1 hour (basic), £10.99 for 4 hours (basic), £14.99 for the flight (basic)

£7.99 for 1 hour (fast), £17.99 for 4 hours (fast), £23.99 for the flight (fast).

Basic is for non-streaming, fast is for streaming.
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Old Sep 30, 17, 12:36 pm
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They might still be working on the tiers because on the basic level YouTube and Netflix is working just fine

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Old Sep 30, 17, 1:09 pm
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Originally Posted by LBP2 View Post
On the BA67 and thought I would see if the WiFi had been switched yet - and lo and behold £4.99 later I have an hour of pretty speedy internet 2 hours out of PHL. Very impressed
This is great news. Thanks for sharing,

I've taken the liberty of amending the thread title, to attract more eyes
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Old Sep 30, 17, 1:12 pm
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Old Sep 30, 17, 2:57 pm
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If it is Gogo provided, I'm hoping there is a high chance for iPass 'free' access, just like AA ^
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Old Sep 30, 17, 3:50 pm
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Excellent. Will be in a 747 to Denver in Nov so will hopefully get one that have it... Maybe worth starting a Wiki as more planes get enabled and people can report their experiences ?
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Old Sep 30, 17, 5:28 pm
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This thread last week suggested it’s a year at least off..

Highlife Connect (Inflight Wi-Fi)
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